Choreographer Saroj Khan labored with among the best dancers in fashionable Bollywood historical past. From Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi to Aishwarya Rai to Kangana Ranaut, all danced to her tune. Post her loss of life, archival matter has surfaced the place she talks in regards to the particular high quality of her many muses.
In current reminiscence, there can’t be a higher instance of an artist and her muse than Saroj and Madhuri. Through the ’90s, in movie after movie, they labored tirelessly to create magic onscreen. If there was one one that helped Madhuri attain her full potential, it was Saroj Khan.
Saroj has all the time complimented Madhuri, not just for her ability at dancing but additionally her ardour, exhausting work and need for perfection. Speaking about how Madhuri’s works will all the time stay particular to Saroj. In an interview with Mirror Online, she had mentioned: “Madhuri could pick up dance steps easily, she was a trained Kathak dancer and learnt for 12 years. But, the problem was she couldn’t shake her hips. In Kathak, you don’t shake your hip. The film we did together was Subhas Ghai’s Uttar Dakshin. From there our journey started and I started teaching her. She was a little slow in the beginning but she got the heck of it. Madhuri used to copy me to the tee. Ek Do Teen was the best performance of Madhuri and it established her as a dancer. We have a beautiful journey together and Madhuri was the best student I have ever come across.”
She mentioned she solely needed to mould Madhuri. “She has a charming smile. But if you smile every time unnecessarily, you lose the charm. Only certain places where it was required, we would tell her to smile. She obeyed very well, If I say, if the hand goes to a certain place, no matter how many takes we do, the hand will come there only. Madhuri practised for Ek Do Teen diligently. She practised for 17 days. On the 10th day, I told her that she is perfect and can relax. She refused and stressed to practice more.”
However, earlier than Saroj’s relationship with Madhuri would turn out to be stuff of legends, she had labored with the earlier reigning celebrity – Sridevi. Talking to Filmfare about her, Saroj had mentioned: “Sridevi was a fine person, a good dancer and an excellent actor. Dance came easily and naturally to her. Every time she slipped into a different costume, she appeared different. Such was her magic. Her eyes lit up when she faced the camera. Until then, she was a dead woman. At that point, I’d wonder whether she had understood my instructions or not. But as soon as soon as I said ‘action’, God knows what happened to her. She was a dream. She was a choreographer’s delight.”
On one other event, talking about Hrithik Roshan, she had mentioned: “Hrithik [Roshan] is such a perfect dancer that even the choreographers take time to think about what to give him. But sometimes you wish he makes a mistake. He’s too perfect a dancer. Because watching him, you’ll only watch [stares open-mouthed] — like that — whereas, say Amitabh Bachchan, if he gets up and does 1-2-3 you feel like getting up and, you also want to do it. I am praising him [Hrithik] and I am giving him a little on the wrong side also. Because I don’t find any fault in him. He’s like a born dancer. He doesn’t need anybody. He can do it himself.”
Talking about Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, whom she choreographed alongside Madhuri in Devdas, Saroj had told Rediff.com in an interview, “Aishwarya is a graceful dancer, and God has given her out-of-the-world beauty. She is very obedient.”
Saroj Khan died in Mumbai on Thursday, as a consequence of a cardiac arrest. She was 71.
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